The Scandinavian-inspired Krokstom Klubb & Market opened in February and has already developed a lively bar program thanks to co-owner and general manager Josh Rogers. He has worked to develop a list of Scandinavian liquors, cocktails and meads to complement the food on chef-owner Katee McLean’s seafood- and vegetable-focused menu. Aquavit, a Scandinavian liquor distilled from grain or potatoes and usually flavored with caraway, cardamom and star anise, is infused in-house with seeds, spices and fruits.
Order a glass straight or in a flight with three or six other popular Scandinavian or housemade options. You can also sip the spirit in cocktails like the Nordic Flip, with aquavit, honey syrup, lemon and egg white. Try the Stockholm Syndrome, a house version of an Old Fashioned with J. Rieger & Co. Kansas City Whiskey and cloudberry syrup, or the Swedish 22, Rogers’ take on a French 75 that swaps aquavit for gin.
Mead, another popular drink in Scandinavia, shows up on tap and in cans from Buffalo, Missouri’s Leaky Roof Meadery. Ice wine from Stone Hill Winery and Augusta Winery and local beer are also on offer, as is a rotation of canned and bottled Scandinavian beers. After you’ve finished a meal of smørrebrød – toast made with various toppings – or Swedish meatball sliders, try the Swedish Punch, a take on the rum- and aquavit-based concoction made with citrus, black tea-infused simple syrup and soda.
Written by Jenny Vergara. Photography by Landon Vonderschmidt. This article appears courtesy of Feast Magazine. Feast Magazine is dedicated to broadening the conversation about food and engaging a large, hungry audience of food lovers.
Krokstrom Klubb & Market, 3601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.599.7531, klubbkrokstrom.com.